Internship: Nuffield Council on Bioethics

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is seeking a graduate for a short term intern position to help with the preparation of background material on possible topics that the Council may consider in the future. The Council currently has a ‘long list’ of over thirty possible topics, and the task of the intern will be to produce a succinct overview of key issues arising in each topic in order to help the Council prioritise future work.
The position would suit an individual with an interest in ethical, legal and social issues raised by developments in biological sciences and medicine. The intern would gain experience from working in an organisation that seeks to play a role in contributing to policy-making and stimulating debate in bioethics.
Tasks include
• Carrying out desk-based research on the ethical implications of recent scientific developments of each of the identified topics, together with an overview of existing or ongoing work on each issue and the topic’s potential policy significance;
• Helping refine a template for ‘long list’ entries, so that information on each topic is set out in a standardised way;
• Liaising with colleagues in the secretariat, and assisting with other projects as necessary.

Skills and qualifications required
• Relevant degree: for example medicine or biological sciences including an ethics component; history or philosophy of science; moral philosophy; law; or other relevant degree with a demonstrable interest in applied ethics. A postgraduate degree or experience in a relevant subject would be an advantage.
• Basic to advanced understanding of issues in bioethics.
• Research skills.
• Experience of collating and summarising information and drafting documents.
• IT literacy.

• To take place between July and September 2012 for six to eight weeks.

Permit to work
• Applications will only be considered from those who already have a legal right to work in the UK.

• Place of work: Secretariat of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, 28 Bedford Square, London WC1 3JS (some flexibility may be required during the Olympic period)
• Working hours: 35 hrs/week
• £300 per week

Please apply in writing including:
• CV
• Paragraph explaining your interest in this position
• One page (no more than 300 – 400 words), highlighting the main ethical issues, recent relevant reports, and policy significance of one of the following: stem cell research; health ‘tourism’; use of personal data in research; or human enhancement.
• Names of 2 referees

The deadline for applications is: 5pm Monday 18 June

Interviews will take place on: Tuesday 3 July

Please send your application to:
Carol Perkins, Secretariat Administrator, Nuffield Council on Bioethics
28 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JS

e-mail: bioethics [at]

About the Council
New developments in medicine and biology raise important ethical issues. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics was established in 1991 to identify, examine and report on the ethical questions raised by recent advances in biological and medical research. Now in its twenty first year, the Council has achieved an international reputation, providing advice that assists policy-making, addresses public concerns and stimulates debate. The Council is funded jointly by the Nuffield Foundation, the Medical Research Council and The Wellcome Trust. It has published reports on ethical issues associated with: genetic screening; ownership of tissue; xenotransplantation; genetics and mental disorders; genetically modified crops; research related to healthcare in developing countries; genetics and human behaviour; the patenting of DNA; pharmacogenetics; animal research; critical care decisions in fetal and neonatal medicine; forensic use of DNA; public health; dementia; medical profiling and online medicine; biofuels; and the donation of bodily material for medical treatment and research.


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